BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS CAN EMERGE AS LEADERS ON SYNTHETIC DRUG EPIDEMIC
New Futures asks that residents report any shops carrying the synthetic drug SMACKED! to local authorities. No amount of money is worth somebody’s child overdosing, and we hope local residents and businesses emerge as leaders on this issue.
Synthetic drugs are a moving target from a policy perspective. House Bill 1446, a bill that would have banned synthetic marijuana, was referred to Interim Study in the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee. Before the next legislative session, the committee will study synthetic marijuana and make recommendations about how it should be handled in New Hampshire. New Futures wants to work with law enforcement, local businesses, and those personally affected by recent overdoses to address this problem.
Long term, recovery is more important than addiction. Improving access to prevention, treatment, and recovery supports can help reduce the demand for cheap highs off vague ingredients.
New Futures is located in Concord and has identified synthetic drugs as a policy priority.
Chief Edwards offers a pragmatic answer to injustice:
Decriminalize Marijuana Possession.
Our state constitution demands that the punishment must fit the crime; however under current law being caught in possession of a pipe with as little as the burnt residue of marijuana therein is a criminal offence dooming the perpetrator to a lifetime of closed doors and lost opportunity.
Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley released the following statement today concerning Judge Gillian Abramson’s ruling to return former Manchester police officer Stephen Coco to jail:
“The law that Hillsborough County Corrections Superintendent relied on to release Stephen Coco has been on the books since 1971. The changes we made during the 2013 session strengthened the law’s oversight protections to ensure prosecutors have the opportunity to call for a judicial review in cases where they believe the superintendent’s decision may be inappropriate.
“That is exactly what happened in this case, and I applaud Judge Abramson for her ruling which sends Stephen Coco back to jail to continue serving his sentence.”